MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Fourteen new businesses opened downtown last year, creating 40 jobs. Business people seem to think business is great. There are only a couple of vacant buildings in downtown Moultrie now, and leaders say the growth of downtown is having a major economic impact.
"Buildings are not easy to find in downtown Moultrie. They fill up fast." Jack Davis was born and raised in Colquitt county. He says after being gone for nearly 40 years He's shocked to see what downtown is today.
"Downtown Moultrie is like a family. We all work together. We try to help each other. And it's just been a great move," he said.
Davis recently moved his business, Jack's Medicine Man's Vitamin Shop from Americus to Moultrie. "Americus is a great town. But I've done more here in the past eight months than I did there in a year and a half. And it's been wonderful."
Davis credits popular downtown events with bringing customers into the stores Last year, downtown hosted 14 events attracting more than 30,000 people. Main Street Director Amy Johnson says the booming business has a lasting impact on the community as a whole.
"The businesses that do move downtown are called Mom and Pop Shops that means they live here locally. They have children they have sent to the public schools, the do their business here, they pay property taxes here. So it really has a snowball effect," said Amy Johnson.
And with incentives such as low interest loans facade grants and new energy efficiency rebates Johnson says they're optimistic that 2016 will be an even bigger success.
If you are interested in opening a business in downtown Moultrie, you can contact the Main Street Program at 229-890-5455.